UGANDA : ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION ON RULES FOR THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN PRISONERS – BANGKOK RULES

Ellen Eva Ssuubi Wells of Hope Director and Counsellor ,speaking at the round-table

Ellen Eva Ssuubi Wells of Hope Director and Counsellor ,speaking at the round-table

On 9th of July 2015, a Roundtable discussion was held about the UN Rules for the treatment of women prisoners and non-custodial measures for women offenders ( Bangkok Rules ), and it was organised by Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) and Penal Reform International (PRI).
Wells of Hope, represented by Ellen  Eva Ssuubi, informed the roundtable that from their interaction with the mothers and the children of prisoners there is still a big gap for Uganda to conform to the rules.

Ellen recommended on behalf of Wells of Hope that 1)The number of children with a mother in prison should be established and 2)Wide research should be made to look into deeper issues relating to children of these mothers at the time of arrest, during imprisonment and after imprisonment.
Wells of Hope urgently calls for the harmonization of all the available international instruments to assist with compliance with the Bangkok Rules, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, and the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
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